i3-compatible Wayland compositor
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Sway is available in many distributions. Try installing the "sway" package for yours. If it's not available, check out this wiki pagefor information on installation for your distributions.
If you're interested in packaging sway for your distribution, stop by the IRC channel or shoot an email to [email protected] for advice.
Run these commands:
meson build ninja -C build sudo ninja -C build install
On systems without logind, you need to suid the sway binary:
sudo chmod a+s /usr/local/bin/sway
Sway will drop root permissions shortly after startup.
If you already use i3, then copy your i3 config to
and it'll work out of the box. Otherwise, copy the sample configuration file to
. It is usually located at
man 5 sway
for information on the configuration.
from a TTY. Some display managers may work but are not supported by sway (gdm is known to work fairly well).